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Injuries to Eyes and Teeth: Common But Preventable

Because the use of mouth guards in youth and high school football, lacrosse, and ice hockey has been mandatory since the early 1970's, these sports have experienced a dramatic decline in the number of dental and jaw injuries. Instead, published reports show that the majority of mouth injuries occur in such popular youth sports as baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, softball and gymnastics, which lag far behind in injury protection. Recent studies also report that oral and facial injuries to female athletes exceed those in males.

Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children. Sports are the major cause of eye-injuries in school-age children, with up to 30% of the injuries occurring to children under the age of 16.

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